Wednesday, May 9, 2012
ORNL in the News

ORNL's High Flux Isotope Reactor may be last reactor to convert to low-enriched fuel

(Knoxville News Sentinel) One of the nonproliferation goals of the Obama administration is to eliminate the use of highly enriched uranium in research reactors around the globe...One of those cases is at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where the High Flux Isotope Reactor uses highly enriched uranium (greater than 90 percent U-235) and will, according to the latest info from ORNL, continue to use HEU until February 2020...5/8

 

Neutron scattering charts moves of memory-shape alloys that change structure in response to environmental cues

(Phys Org) Shape-memory alloys (SMAs) are an engineer's dream, able to shape-shift spontaneously to accommodate changing operating conditions. A research team from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the University of Central Florida is studying the internal mechanisms of these real-life "Transformers" at the Spallation Neutron Source at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with an eye toward increasing their use in everyday scenarios...5/9

DOE

Frank Munger: 'Superfund' lies in data of the beholder

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge office is spending about $3 million in Recovery Act money on a project that may ultimately redefine the boundaries of federal property included on the Superfund's National Priorities List...5/9

UT gets $1.7 million from DOE's nuclear fund

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The University of Tennessee has been awarded $1.7 million in grants and fellowship money from the U.S. Department of Energy to support nuclear education and research programs...5/8

State & Regional

Nissan breaks ground on Tennessee engine plant

(WATE) Nissan officials broke ground Wednesday on an engine plant in Decherd, Tenn. The plant will assemble engines for Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti models when production likely begins in 2014...5/9

TN revenue $190M more than budgeted

(Tennessean) The state has collected $190 million more than budgeted so far this fiscal year. Finance and administration officials reported Tuesday that April collections were 9.6 percent over those in April a year ago....5/9

National

Bomber in Plot on U.S. Airliner Is Said to Be a Double Agent

(New York Times) The suicide bomber dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner was actually an intelligence agent for Saudi Arabia who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the mission, American and foreign officials said Tuesday...5/8

East Tennessee

Knoxville picked as sixth best city for job growth

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Knoxville is among the nation's leaders for job growth, according to Forbes magazine's 2012 list of Best Mid-Size Cities for Jobs...Edwards noted that the region is home to the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex and other Department of Energy facilities...5/8

TVA says lake levels could be lower this summer

(WBIR) Three popular East Tennessee lakes could have water levels below normal this summer if it does not rain more. According to the Tennessee Valley Association, Douglass, Norris, and Cherokee lakes are on track to have lower than normal water levels...5/8

energy & science policy

FY 2013 Appropriations Committee Reports: Department of Energy Office of Science

(AIP) The House and Senate Appropriations Committees have approved their versions of the FY 2013 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bills...5/8

Science on verge of an ethical revolution

(The Australian) Take geo-engineering. It's a field that is exploring whether to inject sulphate aerosols into the stratosphere to cool the planet. Then there are the ongoing skirmishes about genetically modified organisms, human genetics and nanotechnology...5/9

science & technology

Using the Microsoft Kinect to Detect Autism

(Popular Science) There are five Microsoft Kinects set up all around the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development, but they're not for playing games (or any of the other stuff the Kinect can do with an Xbox)...5/8

Bats, Whales, and Bio-Sonar: New Findings About Whales’ Foraging Behavior Reveal Surprising Evolutionary Convergence

Flying Foxes(Science Daily) Though they evolved separately over millions of years in different worlds of darkness, bats and toothed whales use surprisingly similar acoustic behavior to locate, track, and capture prey using echolocation, the biological equivalent of sonar...5/8

FDA moves to cut kids' radiation exposure in medical imaging

(USA Today) In a move that acknowledges the higher risks that kids face from medical imaging tests, the Food and Drug Administration today will announce a proposal to protect children from unnecessary radiation exposure...5/8

Cosmic blasts powered by a hot glow

Fermi Telescope(Nature News) Since its launch in 2008, the Fermi space telescope has recorded hundreds of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), flashes of light that, for just a few seconds or minutes, are the brightest objects in the Universe...5/8

Other Stories

Yahoo’s Scott Thompson apologizes for degree claim on resume

(Washington Post) Yahoo’s chief executive Scott Thompson apologized to the company’s employees Monday, but did not say he has plans to step down. Thompson has been under fire since an investor vying for control of the company, Daniel Loeb, sent a letter Thursday to Yahoo’s board about the executive’s academic record...5/8